Floreta Faber, Albania’s former ambassador to the United States, wrapped up her eight-year term in Washington last month with a series of farewell receptions.
The first of these gatherings took place Aug. 16 at the waterfront home of former Congressman Ed Royce (D-California) and his wife Marie in Annapolis. A highlight of the evening was the signature “Floreta” watermelon cocktail, specially crafted for the occasion. Attendees also got to sail along the Severn River aboard the Royces’ boat. Marie Royce even dusted off her old record player, treating guests to tunes from Supertramp and other notable artists.
Among those praising Faber was Lithuanian Ambassador Audra Plepytė, said that upon her arrival in the nation’s capital, Faber had been among the first diplomats to welcome her. “She was wonderful in providing practical advice on how to navigate Washington and the US, and that is why she lasted eight years here,” said Plepytė. Two other ambassadors attended the party: Ivonne A-Baki of Ecuador and Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda.
On Aug. 18, philanthropist Shahin Mafi and her husband Hassan Massali hosted a more formal gathering at their opulent Potomac residence. The event unfolded beneath a grand tent in their backyard, where friends and colleagues gathered for an elegant, seated dinner. Nan Kennelly, assistant US chief of protocol for diplomatic affairs, offered words of admiration for Faber’s humility and steadfast commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and Albania.
Faber, accompanied by her husband, Edmond, has since returned to Albania’s capital, Tirana, while their son and daughter continue their university studies in the United States.